Eustace Clarence Mullins Jr. (9 March, 1923 — 2 February, 2010) was an American political writer, author, poet, biographer and last surviving protege of the intellectual poet, Ezra Pound.
His best known works include Mullins on the Federal Reserve (1952), This Difficult Individual, Ezra Pound (1961), The Secrets of the Federal Reserve (1983) and Murder by Injection (1988).
Born in Roanoke, Virginia, the third of six children of Eustace Clarence Mullins Sr. and his wife Jane Katherine Muse. A direct descendant of William Mullins, one of the signers to the Mayflower Compact (1620), the first governing code written in the New World.
After serving in the United States Air Force during World War II, he was educated at Washington and Lee University, New York University with courses completed at Ohio State University and the University of North Dakota. He later studied art at the Escuela des Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Washington, D.C.
"In 1949, I was introduced to the poet Ezra Pound, who was at that time an inmate of St. Elizabeths Hospital. There had been conflicting reports as to his mental condition; that is to say, the reports of the government psychiatrists, and the reports of everyone else who knew him. The hospital officials avoided the issue by describing him to prospective visitors quite honestly as a “political prisoner."
While a student at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Washington, he was introduced to the poet Ezra Pound by Polly and Rudd Fleming, then teachers at the institute; the Flemings were frequent visitors helping with Pound to translate works of Greek and French poetry. The outstanding literary figure of the 20th century, Pound had seen three of his proteges awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Elliot and William Butler Yeats).
At Pound’s request, he began investigating the history of the Federal Reserve System. The results were published by Kasper and Horton, New York in 1952 under the title, Mullins on the Federal Reserve, and written in consultation with George Stimpson, eminent political scholar and founder of the National Press Club. A revised and expanded edition was published in 1983 and titled, The Secrets of the Federal Reserve. The original book on the Federal Reserve became the first nationally-circulated revelation of the secret meetings at Jekyll Island, Georgia, 1907-1910, at which place the draft of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was written.
“Your book is among the few books that I have on my desk, Mr. Mullins, that I often refer to. It is a very fine book and has been very useful to me. When I return to Washington, if you are down that way, I would like to have the privilege of seeing you and visiting with you.” — Congressman Wright Patman (U.S. Congress, 1929-1976; Chairman of the House Banking & Currency Committee)
In Washington he was employed as a staff member of the Library of Congress. He served as a legislative researcher to the late Senator Joseph McCarthy. He has been a consultant on highway taxation for the American Petroleum Institute, an editor of Institutions Magazine, and an editorial director of the Chicago Motor Club. For sixty years he provided his services as editor and writer to the better-known conservative publications in the United States. In his early career he became an American correspondent to the British newspaper, The Social Crediter.